'We punctuate the day" is how T. Cyrus Kabir describes the mission of his chic and comfortable coffee and tea shop across the parking lot from Bay Shore's LIRR station.

"Your first coffee or tea in the morning, it's the capital letter of the first sentence of the first paragraph. After that, a cup might be a comma -- a pause in the activity -- or a semi colon making a transition from one part of the day to another. That last cup, it's the period at the end of the day."

The well-spoken Kabir studied theater and computers at Baruch College before earning a PhD in management-information systems. He waited tables to pay for his education and shortly after getting his first corporate job, he decided to stick with the food-service industry. Over the last few years he opened Taj Tandoor in Deer Park, managed Porto Vivo in Huntington and Grill 454 in Commack among others. In April he opened Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company.

Kabir believes that coffee is a global drink and, to prove it, he brews beans from six continents (sorry Antarctica). There are the usual suspects -- Colombia, Brazil -- some exotics such as the fruity complex from his native Zimbabwe. And there are the real outliers -- beans from New Zealand and Turkey, where it is grown alongside other, more valuable crops to attract bugs.

Kabir could not possibly ignore tea, the national drink of his Bangladeshi-born parents. He sells 15 varieties, including his own aromatic blends, chief among which is the masala spice chai made with three types of peppercorns, cloves, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and more.

Tea and coffee prices at Cyrus range from $3 to $6 depending on size, origin and preparation method.

Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company

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1 Railroad Plaza, Bay Shore, 631-206-1616, cyrus.life